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Linkin Park: Chester Bennington's 'absence leaves a void that can never be filled'

Linkin Park on Monday remembered frontman Chester Bennington as a “fearless” man with “the biggest heart” in a statement released four days after the musician’s death.

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The remembrance, written as a letter to Bennington, was posted to the band’s social media pages on Monday morning.

“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized,” the letter said. “Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.”

Bennington was found in dead of an apparent suicide in his home near Los Angeles last week, The Associated Press reported.

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The band said it’s still trying to come to terms with its grief.

“We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place,” the statement from Linkin Park said. “You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”

Linkin Park canceled its upcoming tour, meant to kick off July 27 in support of the band’s new album, “One More Light.”

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The band also launched an online memorial to celebrate Bennington’s life and impact. Suicide prevention information is featured prominently on the page.

“While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you,” the band said. “Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.”

Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson said he honored a special request from his dying mother last December: The One Direction member reconciled with former bandmate Zayn Malik.

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The Sun reported that before her death from leukemia at age 42, Johannah Deakin initiated a secret reconciliation between her son and Malik, who had not spoken to one another for a year. 

“My mum said, ‘You’ve got to get back in contact with Zayn,” Tomlinson told The Sun. “Life’s too ... short!”

Malik had a bitter split with One Direction and criticized his time with the band. But Tomlinson said the meeting went well.

“If there is any animosity, just clear the air,” Tomlinson told The Sun. “I met up with him and it was nice.”

Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Canadian classic rock ‘n’ roll band Streetheart, died Friday after cardiac surgery in Winnipeg, CBC News reported. He was 69.

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Shields and Streetheart charted during the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Action,” “Hollywood,” “Here Comes the Night,” and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb.”

The group’s last album was 2008’s “The Hits/Anthology.” The band had planned a cross-country tour this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary, but scrapped the plan when Shields became ill earlier this month.

Shields’ wife and daughter were with him when he died around 3 a.m., according to close friend and bandmate Jeff Neill.

“The ones that he loved were by his side and he wasn’t in pain,” Neill told CBC News. “And he just slipped away.”

Justin Bieber banned in Beijing

Pop singer Justin Bieber is now banned in Beijing.

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Bieber won’t be performing in the Chinese capital due to “bad behavior,” according to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture.

“His series of misbehaviors while living abroad and during his performances in China has caused public resentment,” said the statement, which was dated July 18. “To regulate the domestic entertainment market and purify its environment, we find it inappropriate to bring in performers with bad behaviors.”

The 23-year-old Canadian is currently on a world tour, CNN reported.  He has dates scheduled in Japan, the Philippines, India, Singapore and Indonesia. Bieber’s website does list a show in Hong Kong on Sept. 27. It does not show any scheduled dates for mainland China.

Bieber joins a list of musicians allegedly blacklisted by China, CNN reported, including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Linkin Park, Bjork, Bon Jovi and Maroon 5.

Aaron Carter speaks out after DUI arrest, says he doesn't drink alcohol

Following his DUI arrest Saturday night, Aaron Carter is telling his side of the story by recounting his version of the events that night.

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In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," the pop singer emotionally opened up about how things have been since his arrest on charges of DUI refusal, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and possession of drug-related objects. He explained that prior to the arrest, he and girlfriend Madison Parker were at a club appearance in North Carolina the day before. They decided to buy a cheap car to take to his next show, rather than rent one or fly, he said.

>> Aaron Carter rips brother Nick after family feud goes public

“I opened for Michael Jackson Sept. 9 and 10 in 2001 — we all left the morning of Sept. 11 and watched the Trade Centers get hit across the Hudson River, and I saw it with my own eyes and I saw people jumping out of the buildings and burned,” Carter said, explaining that he’s afraid of flying.

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He went on to say that the car he bought wasn’t in good shape and was out of alignment, causing him to drift while driving. Eventually, he pulled over to an AutoZone in Georgia for help fixing the alignment, he said.

“Somebody said I was driving recklessly on the road – that’s what the police report said – but the alignment was off on my car, so I went to AutoZone to see if I could do anything about it,” he said. “A motorcyclist reported that I was swerving all over the road, but the alignment was off a little bit on the new tire.”

According to Carter, police then approached him inside the AutoZone and arrested him. He claimed that he wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.

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“I do not drink alcohol at all,” he said. “I’ll occasionally have a sip of a beer or something like that, but I can’t even drink IPAs. I can’t drink anything like that. I have to drink the lightest beer possible that’s not hoppy. I don’t drink any hard liquor.”

He said he had not smoked marijuana in nine hours leading up to his arrest and is offended by fans who have been calling for him to seek help for drug addiction.

“It hurts real bad because people don’t know me, and I have no control over it, and this is the way I am,” Carter said. “I have a medical condition. When I was 19 years old, I got an endoscopy done in Tennessee, and I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. The doctor told me I have to keep stress out of my life, or else it’s gonna take a toll on me and I can develop cancer.”

Aaron Carter rips brother Nick after family feud goes public

Pop singer Aaron Carter criticized his famous brother this week, shortly after Nick Carter reached out to his sibling via social media.

Aaron was recently arrested in Georgia on charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After news of his arrest circulated, Nick posted about his brother on Twitter.

>> Aaron Carter arrested on DUI, drug charges

“To my brother: I love u no matter what & if u feel the need to reach for help, I am here and willing to help you get better,” Nick wrote.

“Family isn’t always easy, [but] we’re all here for you.”

In a recent response, Aaron chided his brother for making such a statement.

“If my own blood (Nick) truly cared about my well-being, why wouldn’t he call me directly and have a conversation instead of making this about him through a very public forum?” he said.

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“That’s not cool at all to use me for his PR and kick me while I am down. I love my family despite it through thick and thin.”

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Aaron later told fans on Twitter that he "will NOT continue to tolerate such lies about me regarding drug use with alleged meth, heroine [sic], crack – it's not funny!"

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Aaron Carter arrested on DUI, drug charges

Aaron Carter reportedly was arrested Saturday on DUI and drug charges in Georgia. 

ABC News reported that the 29-year-old singer was charged with DUI, as well as possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and "drug-related objects," according to the Habersham County Sheriff's Office.

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Carter's girlfriend, Madison Parker, also was arrested on charges of possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects and obstruction of officers, the Sheriff's Office said.

Carter bonded out of jail Sunday. Parker was still in custody, according to jail records.

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According to "Entertainment Tonight," Carter, younger brother of the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, had been slated to perform in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday. His official Twitter account posted that the singer would not "make his set time" because of "transportation issues."

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Gwen Stefani gets mani-pedi at Oklahoma mall nail salon

Customers and staff at Luxury Nails in Medill, Oklahoma, got a big surprise this week.

Music superstar Gwen Stefani stopped by the salon on Thursday. The owners of the salon posted a photo of her on Facebook.

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Technician Dung Nguyen said he didn't realize who Stefani was until a customer told him.

The salon is about 20 minutes outside Tishomingo, where Stefani's boyfriend, Blake Shelton, owns a ranch.

Nguyen said on Facebook that Stefani received a manicure and pedicure, choosing a neon orange shellac.

Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik criticized for Vogue 'gender-fluidity' cover

For its upcoming August issue, Vogue magazine’s cover is sparking some controversy over its portrayal of model Gigi Hadid and her boyfriend, former One Direction member Zayn Malik, as examples of “gender fluidity,” Buzzfeed reported.

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The headline teasing the cover story notes that the couple “shops each other’s closets.” They are featured wearing each other’s clothing, People reported.

The story notes that Hadid and Malik are part “of a new generation embracing gender fluidity,” adding that they have a “blase attitude toward gender codes” since they share clothes.

Malik said he liked a particular shirt he borrowed from Hadid’s closet. “And if it’s tight on me, so what?” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it was made for a girl.”

“It’s not about gender,” Hadid said. “It’s about, like, shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment.”

On Twitter, fans responded that labeling Hadid and Malik’s clothes borrowing shows a misunderstanding of what gender fluidity actually means, AOL reported.

"Zayn and Gigi are profiled in this piece on gender fluidity because ... they borrow each other's clothes sometimes?" Hannah Orenstein of Seventeen magazine tweeted.

“Wearing your gf’s T-shirt does not make you gender fluid,” Colette Fahy tweeted.

Seventeen reported that according to a representative of GLAAD, “Use [of the term] gender fluid within the LGBTQ community has declined in recent years.”

The group said a more common term now is for someone to describe themselves as “non-binary” or “gender non-conforming.”

The magazine will be published July 25.

TLC returns to the charts with new album

TLC is enjoying a notable return.

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The Atlanta-rooted girl group, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, landed at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart with their self-titled release, the first new music from the now-duo in 15 years.

The album, prefaced by the well-received singles “Way Back” and “Haters,” was born from a Kickstarter campaign that began in 2015 and raised more than $435,000.

In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Thomas said that she thinks fans appreciate TLC’s new music because of the timing.

“People are kind of wanting that, not necessarily the ‘90s sound, but it was great music, the lyrical content was amazing. It was music that fed you and because people have been wanting that, it’s a good time for it,” she said.

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In addition to conquering the Independent Albums chart, TLC hit the Top 10 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and No. 13 on the Top Current and Digital Albums chart. The album came in at No. 38 on the overall Billboard 200.

In the U.K., where the duo will head this fall, “TLC” hit No. 1 on the Top 40 R&B Albums chart.

TLC recently began their headlining stint on the “I Love the ‘90s- The Party Continues” tour.

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